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Work Flowers in a Crystal Vase Standing on a Stone Pedestal, with a Dragonfly

Department of Paintings: Dutch painting

Flowers in a Crystal Vase Standing on a Stone Pedestal, with a Dragonfly

© 1995 RMN / René-Gabriel Ojéda

Paintings
Dutch painting

Author(s):
Michèle Perny

This is one of two paintings by the artist given to Louis XIV by the marquis de Beringhem (the other one is in room 37), evidence of Mignon's fame at the end of the 17th century. The painting's decorative effects (dark background, flowers spread out, stems with linear effects) are strongly influenced by Jan Davidsz. de Heem (see the latter's paintings in the Louvre), but the rendering of texture is incomparable. The most extraordinary example of this is the crystal vase, with its fascinating reflection of a window. 

Bibliography

- FOUCART Jacques « Notice pour l’Audioguide et le DVDRom », 1998

- FOUCART Jacques, Catalogue des peintures flamandes et hollandaises du musée du Louvre, Paris, Gallimard/Musée du Louvre éditions, 2009, p. 185

Technical description

  • Abraham MIGNON (Frankfurt am Main, 1637 - Utrecht, 1679)

    Flowers in a Crystal Vase Standing on a Stone Pedestal, with a Dragonfly

  • H. 0.88 m; W. 0.68 m

  • Collection of Louis XIV (gift of the marquis de Beringhem between 1683 and 1695)

    INV. 1556

  • Paintings

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